West Ham close to Celta Vigo striker Maxi Gomez

West Ham United are ‘close to agreeing a deal’ with Celta Vigo for the transfer of striker Maxi Gomez, report Sky Sports.

This follows on from a report earlier this month in Radio Vigo, part of Cadena Ser, which confirmed an entourage from the Hammers are in Vigo to discuss a deal for the player, whom they also approached last summer.

The Uruguayan striker is said to have a release clause of €50m at Balaidos and netted in a recent 4-2 loss at Rayo Vallecano.

“I believe that we will retain our most important players because it is the intention of the club to be strong,” Celta president Felipe Minambres said last week.

“But with the English (clubs) you never know.”

West Ham have also recently confirmed a contract extension for Marko Arnautovic, who was rumoured to be moving to the Chinese Super League in a €35m deal, although Javier Hernandez may yet join Valencia.

Gomez has hit 26 La Liga goals in 52 starts since joining from Defensor Sporting in 2017.

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